Monthly Archives: October 2014

Strength Circuit

In honor of my first day of teaching at the Y I thought I would share a little circuit workout. This is the workout that I did for class today. There were only 4 people in class today but it was a really fun workout and everyone seemed to have a good time. This is the only class on my schedule right now that is not a spin class and I can already tell I’m going to have a lot of fun with it! So here you go…

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Weekend Fun

After three days of rain, we finally got some sun to enjoy this weekend! This was the first weekend in a long time that Angus didn’t have to study for his engineering exam so we took advantage and had some fun!

On Saturday morning I started the day by taking a free crossfit class at Back Cove Cross Fit. The class was really fun and I loved how everyone encouraged complete strangers to work harder. It was a great atmosphere! The workout itself was a little short so afterwards I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a run. Angus came back Saturday evening and we went out to dinner at the Green Elephant, a restaurant we have never been to before. The food was delicious and it was extra fun because my old coworker was our waitress.

On Sunday Angus and I went to New Hampshire. We did a few hours ofย  mountain biking at Fort Rock (the place we used to go mountain biking in college) and then headed to Applecrest Farm for their apple festival and cyclocross race. It was a cool event and we ended up seeing a bunch of our friends from college which was an extra bonus.

Afterwards we headed into Portsmouth for a very late lunch/early dinner at Flatbreads. It has been a while since I’ve been to Portsmouth and there were a lot of cool new shops. We did some wandering, and then had tea and split one of my favorite “7 layer Bars” at Breaking New Grounds before heading back to Maine!

It’s a good thing that so much fun got packed into this weekend because I just looked at the forecast for next weekend and…. snow???

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Sausage Apple Harvest Casserole

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I sort of forgot this weekend was a holiday weekend. It’s really weird what places decide to work and what places give employees the day off tomorrow. I will be working, and so will Angus but I know there are tons of people with the day off because the old port was PACKED last night. We tried to go out to dinner at the Green Elephant but the wait was too long, so we went to Empire Chinese and the wait was too long there as well. Finally we ended up at Mi Sen noodle bar. I’ve never seen this many people in town during the fall! Crazy. The weather wasn’t excellent yesterday but I still managed to get out for a good run and then before we had dinner we walked along the eastern prom trail downtown.

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Today is absolutely beautiful. Took a nice walk in the Fore River Sanctuary this morning and this afternoon I worked at Quest. Not a bad weekend at all! Anyway, I bet your’re all wondering how to make this delicious dish. This was actually something I made last weekend. It is bursting with fall flavors and very very tasty! I hate the word casserole. It just doesn’t sound good. But what else do you call a bunch of random food cooked together in a dish? Casserole takes the win. So here it is:

Sausage Apple Harvest Casserole

  • 3/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 pound (I used three bigger sausages) of chicken sausage
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • chopped fresh sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice

1. Heat a bit of butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add onion, cook until clear and add chopped garlic and and sautee another minute or so.

2. Take the sausage out of the casing and sautee in the same pan with the onions. Cook until the sausage is done.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

4. In a glass baking dish toss chopped potatoes with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

5. Add sausage, bacon, celery, and sage to the dish with the potatoes. Don’t Add the apples yet!

6. Cook for about an hour or until the potatoes are soft. Add the apples with about 30 minutes left of cook time. While the casserole is in the oven cook up some rice!

7. Serve over rice and dig in. Yummmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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It’s that time of year again where EVERYTHING MUST BE PUMPKIN. One of my coworkers gave me a recipe for a “cookie dough smoothie” and of course I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients when I wanted to try it. I kept a few things the same but it morphed into this delicious pumpkin pie smoothie that is perfect for these cooler fall days when you still want a smoothie. It’s also super filling and makes a good lunch on the go. So here it is: Tricia’s Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • teeny tiny handful of chocolate chips (optional but yum)

Blend and enjoy!

 

 

October Ab Challenge!

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Good morning everyone and happy October! I have created this little challenge for the month of October. Core work is the first thing I often skip out on. I always have great plans to do some abs after I run or bike and then I just get thirsty and hungry and then I want to take a shower. SO it rarely happens. I’m doing this little challenge just to get me to do more core work. It’s very simple and it’s not designed to get you 6 pack abs in 4 weeks. No. It’s just a fun little way to get more core work in. SO WHO IS WITH ME? There are just a few different exercises on the calendar and most people can do them! No equipment needed and it will take less than 5 minutes a day. (For the oblique twists you might want to use a medicine ball if you have one. Or in the spirit of October how about a PUMPKIN?!) Anyway, if you have any questions on how to perform any of the exercises shoot me a comment or an email and HAVE FUN! ๐Ÿ˜€